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Dec 23, 2012 4:20am EST
guarantee a monopoly on the use of force of the area controls. i think we have the beginnings of that, finally, with this new military coalition. beethe group includes a council of 30 commanders that i think it's representative of the rebel groups on the ground that actually have resources and capabilities and support. with the notable exceptions of the extremist group, that is a good step that that is how it is played out. what will make a lot of people uncomfortable is that about half of the councils of 30 are islamists. that has taken on a dirty word in washington. it is important to distinguish between islamists who are looking to establish a syrian country -- nationalists looking for an islamist government and syria as opposed to the radical stubbornness who are looking for a regional or global sectarian overtones to their ideology. that is something that was potentially inevitable as the conflict continued. it definitely happen after the only people providing armed support to the opposition were saudis and turks interested in seeing oscar -- islamism power after the fact. that w
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